ruff-1A troubled animal shelter operation in Golden Valley is being shut down. Mohave County first notified operators of the Rescue Unwanted Furry Friends Foundation (RUFF) that a number of compliance violations were discovered at the shelter in Golden Valley in early December.

Shelter operators were given time to fix violations but compliance had not been achieved by a December 30 follow-up inspection. Patty Mead, the Director of the Public Health Department, said county staff recommended kennel permit revocation after finding ongoing sanitation compliance violations.

County Supervisors voted during Tuesday’s board meeting to formally revoke the permit, a process that will likely be completed in March.

Supervisor Jean Bishop said a lawyer for the shelter, D’Arcy Downs-Vollbracht, indicated that RUFFF officials intend to cooperate rather than fight the closure directive.

County administrator Mike Hendrix said scores of shelter animals had been placed since the compliance problems were noted in early December. He said about 40 animals were left as of January 3, and that placement efforts would continue.